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Current Drought Conditions in the United States

Drought conditions overall have not changed significantly for the country compared to the previous week. The DSCI (drought severity and coverage index) remains at 90. Three distinct tropical systems brought relief to areas previously under drought conditions; Hurricane Florence brought record rainfall to the Carolinas, a low-pressure system in the western Gulf of Mexico brought rain to parts of Texas and Louisiana, and Tropical Storm Olivia brought more rain to Hawaii. Unfortunately, other areas experiencing severe to exceptional drought saw little to no rainfall accompanied with warmer than normal temperatures. Conditions were exacerbated most notably in eastern Oregon, northern Utah and western Colorado.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

An area of low pressure over the western Gulf of Mexico brought some heavy rainfall and drought relief to Texas. Widespread 1-category improvements were made across the southern and eastern portions of the state. The rain, however, did not reach the western and northern part of the state where abnormal dryness and moderate drought conditions expanded slightly.

A large area of D0 was added in eastern Oklahoma, stretching northward to nearly connect to the dry region in northern Adair County, which was also extended slightly southward.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)  

The rains that relieved areas of Texas also impacted Louisiana. In southern Louisiana, the Lake Arthur station in northeastern Cameron Parish measured 11 inches of rain since August 25th. Abnormal dryness was eliminated in the area and in the north (Evangeline Parish) and northeast (Feliciana Parish). Moderate and severe drought conditions were reduced across much of northwestern Louisiana and extreme drought was eliminated altogether in this region as well.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

Abnormal dryness expanded slightly in east central Georgia and two small areas of D1 were introduced in that area as well. Abnormal dryness was also introduced to an area along Georgia’s eastern border, which missed the rains from Florence and has been continuing to dry out over the past two months due to the heat and lack of rain.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

There are no drought conditions in North Carolina. Hurricane Florence brought record rainfall, eliminating all areas previously under drought conditions.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

Precipitation is expected to occur most significantly in the central and eastern portions of the United States. Oklahoma is projected to receive up to 5 inches of rainfall. To check out the forecast near you, try the NOAA Quantitative Precipitation Forecast map.

The website links below include the current drought monitors and other current drought conditions information.

RECOMMENDED LINKS

Drought Conditions in Texas and the United States

Reservoir Levels in Texas

Streamflow Conditions in Texas

Drought Restrictions in Texas

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND DATA

Drought Conditions in Texas and the United States

Reservoir Levels in Texas

Streamflow Conditions in Texas

Groundwater Levels in Texas

Drought Restrictions in Texas

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